Author Archives: Braden Kelley

10 Steps to a Solid Innovation Foundation

You know how sometimes when you order a product you get this inch-thick instruction manual that you never read, but also how there is sometimes a QuickStart Guide of 5-10 simple steps to get you up and running quickly? Well, Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire is the instruction manual that an increasing number of organizations are ordering for teams to help them with their innovation efforts. But, I’m sure companies could also use an Innovation QuickStart. So, here is one you could use (excerpted in part from my book):

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Innovation and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Now that our local Blockbuster has gone out of business, we've made the jump and joined Netflix (although I will miss taking trips to Blockbuster with my daughter). The first disc in my queue to arrive was the venerable, enjoyable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I was very excited to share this musical celebration of innovation with my daughter last night.

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The Nine Innovation Roles

I'm seeing an increasing number of articles about innovation personalities and the like, and I'm a firm believer that it's not personalities that matter so much when it comes to innovation, it's the roles that we play in making innovation happen (or not). So, I would like to add my Nine Innovation Roles to the conversation.

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Follow the Leaders of Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing – Part One

Although there are simple and cost effective ways to jumpstart your efforts – for example, leveraging a company like InnoCentive to host prize-based challenges in order to rapidly find solutions to your most pressing problems – leading organizations that wish to truly embrace open innovation and crowdsourcing do so through careful planning. When seeking to engage external talent, one of the first of many questions you must first ask yourself is: Why are we doing this? What do we hope that external talent can achieve for us that our internal talent cannot (or should not) achieve, and how do we integrate the two together?

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Increasing Demand for a Third Place

As I look around the economic landscape in the United States and see a climate where not only home prices but also rents are falling in many geographies, especially as the results of an all-advised rental property construction boom become available. I find myself thinking that we are in the middle of a profound shift in the American reality.

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